Bear with me, dogs are my life right now. LOL Sadie is doing amazingly well. She's not perfect, but I didn't really expect her to be. I've nailed her down to a shepard coon hound mix. I guess I'll have to do a little research with coon hounds as I know nothing about them except we had a little coon hound puppy come visit us a few years ago every so often. Sweet as anything. Then she just stopped visiting. I think her owners moved away. The crate is pretty much a non issue. Cheese seems to be a great incentive to get to motivated to go inside. She might whimper a teeny bit if she's not tired, but she doesn't do it but a few minutes. (at least it's not the deafening cries of before) Definitely house trained. Not a single accident. Needs some manner training. Has a tendency to jump up. We're working on it by turning our backs on her and refusing to acknowledge her until she gets down. She's already improving by a lot. She has learned Fetch the hedgehog and Tug O War. She's not sure which is her favorite yet. She has already learned Drop it, in relation to the above. She does pretty well. Not perfect yet but 9 times out of 10 she'll drop it pretty quickly. She is feeling more secure. She doesn't need me loving on her or playing with her every single moment she is awake now. (thank god ) She has started to self play a bit. She has adjusted super well to both Molly and Rowdy and so far they're doing very well with her. I think she's figured out that other than the herding ball Molly is not going to play with her no matter how fun she tries to make it look. So now she just mostly checks on her........goes up and licks her face and then leaves her alone. I do think I *might* have figured out why her previous owner tossed her out. Sadie is a "nervous chewer". She'll even go for furniture. But she won't as long as there is someone around. And so far she is redirecting well. I'll just have to stock up on those big raw hides for her. Because it might be "bored" chewing too, maybe more than nervous chewing. She chewed the pastic tray of her new crate.......took the whole corner off. So if she keeps that up, she'll just have to have a blanket and sleep on the wire mesh. She shows *potential* to be a counter surfer, but redirects well so far. She found out this morning that Bruce does NOT play with dogs. Got her nose scratched. LOL Things are slowly relaxing around here, though, and Sadie is settling in pretty well. I just feel bad for it her because on days I work (at least until Darrin is out of school and the boys can come here for sitting) she has to be in her crate for a huge percentage of the day.